Ancient Jomon of Japan

Junko Habu, Rita Wright (Editor)

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    Abstract

    "Junko Habu illustrates recent developments in the archaeology of the Jomon period (circa 14,500-300 BC) of Japan and presents new analyses. Unlike most prehistoric pottery-using peoples, the Jomon people are thought to have been hunter-gatherers. Evidence of plant cultivation does exist, but none of the cultigens recovered from Jomon sites seems to have been used as a staple food resource. High site density, food storage, and long distance trade also characterize this Jomon period. Using ecological models of hunter-gatherer culture and behavior, Habu examines various aspects of Jamon culture including subsistence-settlement, rituals, crafts and trade, and presents a model of long-term change in hunter-gatherer cultural complexity. In this comprehensive analysis, Junko Habu helps to bridge the gap between largely Japanese discourse on this 10,000-year period of Japanese prehistory and the modern scientific debate on later hunter-gatherer societies. It will prove invaluable to students and researchers alike."--Jacket
    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Place of PublicationCambridge, UK
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages332
    ISBN (Print)9780521772136, 9780521776707, 0521772133, 0521776708
    StatePublished - 2004

    Publication series

    NameCase studies in early societies

    Keywords

    • Jomon culture
    • Archeologische vondsten
    • Antiquities
    • Japan
    • Jomon-periode
    • Jōmon culture
    • Jōmon

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